Jonathan Ross opens up on search for mythical half-beaver, half-crocodile beast

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    Telly host Jonathan Ross has told how he went to Wales in search of a mythical beast that is half beaver and half crocodile.

    The presenter has been investigating wacky stories for his new More 4 TV show Jonathan Ross’ Myths and Legends.

    Jonathan, 62, explained: “I enjoyed going to Wales, where I heard all about a creature called an Afanc.

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    “It is a cross between a beaver and a crocodile and lives in rivers and drags people who come near it into the water. That was fascinating.

    “I was always very open to that stuff. I spent a lot of my youth wandering around hoping to find weird creatures.

    “My friends and I thought that if we tried hard enough, we might see one.

    “We didn’t, but we did see some weird-looking people. East London in the 1970s was full of them!”

    Jonathan is exploring a range of folk tales for his new four-part docuseries, including a Yorkshire landmark that could spell the end of the world.

    He said: “We also visited Knaresborough, home of Mother Shipton, a 16th-century wise woman who was born in a cave in an ancient forest during a thunderstorm.

    “She predicted the world would end if the local bridge fell three times.

    “It’s fallen twice, so maybe they should stop people driving across it!

    “The first episode begins in Whitby, this is one of the few stories in the series everyone will know about.

    “I’ve read Dracula and I’ve seen countless vampire movies, but to actually go to Whitby and look out over the bay that inspired Bram Stoker to write the story in 1897 was marvellous.

    “The scene when Dracula’s boat arrives on a cold, foggy night is wonderful, but we happened to be shooting on the hottest day of the year, so climbing the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey was quite a task.”

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